HTC Debuts Sense 5 Software
HTC today announced Sense 5, the newest iteration of its custom software layer for Android, sporting significant new camera and media sharing features, and a new home screen that aggregates social and news content. The company also launched a media sharing service and updated its online backup, transfer, and get-started tools. Sense 5 has a simpler, cleaner look compared to past versions. The default home screen is now BlinkFeed, a scrolling stream of visual tiles that - like Flipboard - combines Facebook, Twitter, and news content. Swiping sideways reveals traditional home screens for widgets and shortcuts. A revamped app menu defaults to fewer icons, which can be re-arranged and grouped in folders. On certain phones- such as the new HTC One - the camera software can now capture “Zoes”, which are taken and viewed like regular photos, but automatically include a 3-second HD video clip, bringing gallery thumbnails to life. Zoes also include a burst of additional full-resolution photos, starting before the shutter was pressed, so that a slightly earlier or later moment can be chosen if the timing was off. Photos are automatically sorted into galleries by day and location. Each gallery automatically shows a 30-second highlight video generated on the fly, combining photos, videos, and Zoes, which uses one of six themes with filters and timed music. Highlight videos can be saved and shared via a new web service, which supports Facebook, Twitter, and email. The sharing service also lets you share up to ten specific media items as a group. HTC’s revamped Get Started and Backup services now support additional content and make easier to transfer nearly everything from any Android device to a new HTC Android phone. It also supports iOS, and can move contacts, calendar, photos, videos, music, and bookmarks from an iPhone to a new HTC Android phone.
HTC Updates Lock Screen and Sense Home Apps
HTC has made updates available to its Lock Screen and Sense Home apps for the One M9 and other handsets. The Lock Screen gains a significant refresh thanks to Lollipop-style notifications, full-screen album artwork during music playback, and more detailed local weather information.
HTC Relaunches Zoe as Social Network
HTC today announced that its new Zoe app and service has exited beta and is being launched as a revamped, cross-platform social network. The new Zoe app will be available for both Android and iOS, and combines the Zoe Highlight Video functionality with a social network much like Instagram or Vine.
Apple's New Clips App Offers a Fun Way to Create Videos
Apple today announced Clips, an app for the iPhone and iPad that lets people piece together photos, videos, and music for sharing on social networks. One of the core features is called Live Titles, which lets people create animated captions by using their voice, rather than typing.
Facebook Folds More Snapchat Features Into Its Main Mobile App
Facebook today expanded the way people are able to share photos and videos by bringing new camera tools to its mobile application. First, the camera is more accessible from within Facebook.
Google Photos Gets a Boost from AI
Google today is rolling out an update to Google Photos that introduces some new AI-assisted tools. First, Photos will reach deep into users' libraries to pair old photos of people with the newest photos of those same people so you can reconnect with those older memories.